Autangi Ensemble, although quite new to the Bay of Plenty and Waikato, was founded many years ago in Wellington. It was 2009: I was a performance violin student at the New Zealand School of Music. I decided to form a string quartet with some other students and thought our name should incorporate some Te Reo Māori, the indigenous language of Aotearoa, New Zealand. Autangi is the Māori word for stringed (when describing an instrument) and I thought ensemble best fitted us as opposed to quartet because we were able to play as different formations of musicians. We played at many weddings and events throughout our undergraduate degrees as a:
- string quartet
- string trio
- cello and violin duo
- solo violin
We serviced the greater Wellington area also collaborating with a singer, harp, and guitarist on occasion.
At the end of our degrees we all went on to different places. I moved to Sydney to do my Masters at the Sydney Conservatorium and then freelanced full time. Sydney got a lot of the big gigs and I got to play with a range of artists: from the X factor and Splendour in the Grass with Peking Duk to Elaine Paige at the State Theatre. To the Cinematic Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House to Dame Kiri Te Kanawa aboard a cruise liner to the Arias with Flume. Fast forward to 2018 and having done my time freelancing I moved to Papamoa near Tauranga. My partner started his business in the mount – Mount Maunganui and we had a baby, solidifying the permanent move back home. I thought why not revive Autangi? With connections through the Bay of Plenty Symphonia and Opus Orchestra based in Hamilton I’ve been able to source professional string players and keep Autangi Ensemble alive❤️❤️ we are able to play at your corporate function, wedding ceremony, wedding reception, or event in Tauranga, Rotorua, Taupo, Hamilton, and of course the greater Bay of Plenty and Waikato region.
Old school photo below of early fresh faced Autangi Ensemble.